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The Backup list is the section visible in the middle column of the main window. It contains all the backup jobs defined that can be grouped into tags for easy handling. You can drag and drop backups in the list to re-order them.
To configure a backup job's appearance (icon and label) in the backup list, you have to open the Backup Properties window, switch to the General tab, change the name of the backup job, choose the tag/group of the backup job and select a backup job icon.
If you have several backup jobs defined in the same tag/group, you can check the option Sort jobs/tags alphabetically in Navigation Pane to have them ordered by name.
When you backup a tag, the backup jobs containing that tag are backed up in the order that they are displayed in the tag. You can drag and drop backups in the list to re-order them.
When right clicking a backup job, a menu is displayed giving the following options:
View as - allows you to switch the jobs view between Card and List
Run job - will open the following options list:
Backup - performs the default selected backup type
Full Backup - performs a differential backup regardless of the backup type
Differential Backup - performs a differential backup regardless of the backup type
Incremental Backup - performs an incremental backup regardless of the backup type
Later - allows you to set the backup to start with a given delay or at a specific time
Restore - will open the following options list:
Restore - opens the Restore Wizard window for the currently selected backup job
Restore Latest Version - starts the latest version restore process for the selected backup job
Restore Latest Version To - opens a window to select the folder were you want the backup to be restored
Test... - starts the test process for the currently selected backup job.
Quick test - starts the test process, but it only verifies the existence of the files in destination.
Repair - will open the following options list:
Repair - starts a test for all backup versions and then a backup, including all files missing in backup
Repair Catalog Only - starts a test for all backup versions, removing from catalog all files missing in backup
Quick Repair - use this option to repair the backup job in destination and re-copy all missing or corrupted files, based on the existing information in the backup catalog. A quick test will be performed, followed by a backup to also include the missing files.
Quick Repair Catalog Only - use this option to remove from the backup catalog the missing or corrupted files in destination. A quick test will be performed, followed by a catalog update to remove the missing files.
Clean - opens the Clean Backup window for the selected backup job
Cancel - aborts current backup process
Pause - pause the current backup/test/cleanup/restore process
Stop - stops the current backup/test/cleanup/restore process
Job Logs - lets you open and view the Last Backup Log, Last Restore Log, Last Test Log and Last Cleanup Log
Create Shortcut... creates a shortcut to the backup job
Duplicate - creates a copy of the backup job
Delete - deletes a backup job
Properties... opens the Backup Properties window for the selected backup job:
Backup4all can process multiple backup jobs at the same time. You can filter the backup list to see which backup jobs are executed at a certain time.
From the drop-down list above the backup list, you can filter the backup jobs in list. You can choose to see all jobs, only the running jobs, failed jobs or only the jobs containing a specific tag.
If there are many backups listed, you can search for a backup job by typing its name in the Type to search box on the bottom of the Backup List.
Incremental backup stores all files changed since the last FULL, DIFFERENTIAL OR INCREMENTAL backup. The advantage of an incremental backup is that it takes the least time to finish. The disadvantage is that during a restore operation, each increment is processed and this could result in a lengthy restore job.
Full backup is the starting point for all other backups and contains all the data in the folders and files that are selected to be backed up. Because the full backup stores all files and folders, frequent full backups result in faster and simpler restore operations. Remember that when you choose other backup types, restore jobs may take longer.
Backing-up is a crucial process that everyone should do in order to have a fail-safe, for when the inevitable happens. The principle is to make copies of particular data in order to use those copies for restoring the information if a failure occurs (a data loss event due to deletion, corruption, theft, viruses, etc.)
The differential backup contains all files that have changed since the last FULL backup. The advantage of a differential backup is that it shortens restore time compared to a full backup or an incremental backup. However, if you perform the differential backup too many times, the size of the differential backup might grow to be larger than the baseline full backup.